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No Pain Medication During Cataract Surgery

Discussion in 'Professional, Medical Malpractice' started by Patient 2018, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Patient 2018

    Patient 2018 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I had cataract surgeries in September and October 2018. Prior to the first surgery I was given 2mg amnesia medication and 30 mg pain medication. Except for feeling heavy pressure, I was fine.

    Prior to the second surgery I was given only 2mg amnesia medication. It had no effect and I felt the entire surgery. I spoke up twice during surgery. I was ignored the first time and the second time time told more medicine wouldn't make it any better, to hold still and not move my legs and feet.

    I was deeply traumatized and will be in counselling for PTSD for the 10 visits that my insurance allows.

    There was no damage to my eyes. Do I have a case?
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Probably not, but if you want a real answer visit with three or four LICENSED medical malpractice attorneys near you and see what you can learn.

    Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon.
     
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  3. Patient 2018

    Patient 2018 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thanks for your fast reply Army Judge. I checked with one attorney before the PTSD was addressed. She said unless there was damage to my eye - there was no case. I wasn't sure if PTSD is considered 'damage'.
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Medical malpractice claims generally must be able to show the damages you suffered, such as loss of vision, negligence during the procedure, an infection because of poor sanitary practices, permanent damage - blindness comes to mind in your case, etc...

    Pain is associated with many medical procedures.
    The fact that you experienced some pain, absent other indicators, isn't enough to demonstrate how you were damaged.

    Let's just hope your eyesight recovers along with your psyche and you lead a happy, healthy, productive life.
     
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  5. Patient 2018

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    Very well put. Thank you again for taking the time to explain. Wrong is wrong. When there is no accountability that's the hardest part to get over.

    Thank you for being here and doing what you're doing.
     
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    You mean your PTSD will be cured when your insurance runs out?

    Or when you find out you have no case.

    SMH
     
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  7. Patient 2018

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    I take it you are an insurance adjuster. I'm shaking my head at your insensitivity. Do you know anything about PTSD? Read my post - 10 visits are what I am allowed. Whether I will be 'cured' or not I don't know.

    I rarely post anywhere on the internet because insensitive, insecure people like you feel the need to jump in and spew hatred to get attention. Does this make you happy that you ruined my day today? Congratulations Adjuster Jack. Well done.
     
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    Some call it having tough skin......
     
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  9. Highwayman

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    I guess the "amnesia" medication didn't work since you seem to remember everything.

    If it makes you feel better try to file a complaint against the surgeon with the Florida Board of Medicine or the state Health Department.
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  10. army judge

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    My wonderful neurosurgeon referred to the anesthetic (diprovan in the US, propofol n the UK) to be used during my cervical spine surgery as "milk of amnesia".

    I underwent two procedures (about three months apart) to repair my damaged cervical spine due to my military service, and damned if he wasn't right.

    I don't remember any of the procedures as recounted to me by my wife.
     
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    I was given Propofol (I've never heard it called Diprovan) during both of my colonoscopies and found it to be a wonderful tool of the anesthesiologist.
     
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    I heard that the old moon-walker, MJ, loved Propofol to death.

    One man's pleasure, another man's poison.
    All things in moderation...
     
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  13. Patient 2018

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    Some call it suffering fools...
     
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    Thank you Highwayman and others for your thoughtful replies. Nothing can really make you feel better when you are harmed needlessly. 2 mg of Versed is a tiny amount of relaxing/amnesia medication to carry anyone through surgery. I was laying on a gurney in Pre Op for 45 minutes and in surgery for another 40 minutes.

    The disturbing part is that nurses and surgeons rely on patients being behind closed doors and not remembering what happened. Who do you talk to about it? They aren't going to discuss it or take responsibility.

    As far as filing complaints - it took 1 1/2 months of persistent hard work to get my medical records. Understanding the records and asking questions was extremely unpleasant. Filing complaints, again, is a huge amount of work and having to relive the details is painful. But for what it's worth, I am doing it.
     
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    Thanks Army Judge. I'm glad you don't have any memories of your surgeries and I hope they helped. I have cervical degeneration and I would never even consider having surgery.
     
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    I've made over 1,000 jumps in the army, 300 of those in combat.
    The body can do amazing things when you're young, but you pay a great price as you age.
    My neurosurgeon suggested the surgery to reinforce my cervical spine to avoid me being potentially paralyzed.

    I expected little more than piece of mind, but my wonderfully skilled neurosurgeon and his team, along with the Great Physician left me with security and no pain.

    The no pain was a remote possibility, but each day is now a great blessing.

    Hang in there, your miracle is but a day away.
     

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